Some online dating sites include Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder. While the sites function differently, they all allow users to connect with other compatible singles online. All three rank among the top online dating sites, according to Lifehacker.
As one of the largest online dating sites, Match.com boasts an active user-base of nearly 17 million, as of 2014. While the site allows users to sign up and browse for free, contacting other users requires paying Match.com’s membership fee. While the cost of the site is off-putting to some, other users report that Match.com feels more mature than other dating sites, with many users actually looking for love rather than casual hook-ups.
OkCupid is completely free to use, which makes it quite accessible but can also result in matches of varying quality. The site stresses its complex matching algorithm, which is based on a series of in-depth questions that users answer when filling out their profiles. While some users lament the site’s user data-collecting practices and its buyout by the larger Match.com, many OkCupid users note that they have made genuine connections through the site.
Tinder functions more simplistically than other sites, sitting somewhere between online dating and speed dating. Users enter their Facebook information and then browse through other users’ photos, selecting the ones they like. If two users like each other, they can begin communicating. The service is simple, but many users praise Tinder for cutting through the formalities of online dating.